Luanda needs to increase hotel capacity by 3,000 beds, Tourism Minister says

1 February 2006

Luanda, Angola, 01 Feb – Luanda, Angola’s capital, needs to increase its hotel capacity by 3,000 beds, in order to meet the demand of extra tourists expected in the city, the Minister of Tourism Eduardo Chigunji has said.

The aims of the Tourism Master Plan for Angola were shown to Portuguese non-governmental organization Fórum Portucalense, which this week in Porto published the conclusions of a one-week visit to Angola.

Chigunji added that government estimates also pointed to the need to build an extra 25 hotels in the next few years, in order to take advantage of the expected tourist growth.

The government also aims to increase the component of business tourism in the country, which currently account for 19 percent of the whole, Chigunji said.

Chigunji also said that the government planned to encourage the building of medium-sized shopping centers, similar to the Belas Shopping Center project, which is currently under development, according to a statement from Fórum. (macauhub)

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